There it was, waiting for me on the front stoop as I pulled into the driveway.
I needed to put it together. We’re going to be spending lots of time together.
It’s a lawnmower.
With all the deliberation that one uses to purchase an automobile, I finally decided to buy a manual (as in no gas – people propelled) mower. A push mower, as it is. No gas, no fumes, no messing with a motor. Just like the Beaver and Wally used to use.
Well, sort of.
They’ve come a long way. They’re lighter, to start with. And easy to maintain.
And, gosh-darn-it, easy to use.
And major kudos to the folks at Amazon. I ordered it Tuesday. It qualified for super saver shipping, which supposedly is the slowest. In the spirit of saving money, I went for the free shipping, not worrying about how fast it would get here. I mean, how quickly do I want to start mowing anyway?
It shipped Wednesday.
It got here today.
Glad I didn’t spring for next-day shipping.
I had to put it together, which went very quickly, even though the directions weren’t laid out well. I couldn’t find the part that told me how to actually attach the handle to the mower, so I found a photo that showed me where it went. I’d say it took me 10 minutes to assemble it.
Then, of course, I had to take it outside to try it out.
I was kind of excited. A little worried I’d look ridiculous.
So I went in the backyard, where it’s less likely that I’ll be witnessed.
I pushed it in the corner of the yard, where it’s kind of sparse anyway.
It makes a kind of zen (seriously) sound. The noise is the blades scraping against the cutting deck, or something like that. No motor sound.
After I did the little corner, I thought, well, let’s go for it.
Less than an hour later I was in the house making dinner. And the entire backyard was mowed.
Tomorrow I’ll do the front.
And I will have saved $35.00, which is what I was paying the lawn service every week. And not contributed to destroying the environment.
I guess I’ve come pretty far from someone who, in October 2008, bought a bookcase simply because it featured the magic words, “no assembly required.”